Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflections on the Year and The Word

I cannot believe this is the final day of 2011.
Wow time has literally flown.
This year was a grand one for us as a family even though there wasn't much evidence of it here. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to document more of our adventures, but not sorry at all that I chose to live our life, explore our new community, and spend every moment we could enjoying life.
Oftentimes that left little to no energy for documentation.
Oh well.
I'm hoping now that we are somewhat settled, and the winter chill has slowed our schedule ever so slightly, that I will have more time to devote to this space.
The promise of exciting news, experiences, choices, and even a new family member already means that 2012 looks to be another fabulous year for the Fambros.

With all that said I have been thinking about my word for the year. This past year I chose quite a few and although at some point I think that I had visited each attribute a little, there was one that I feel needs its own year of focus.


The word Peace came up a few weeks ago, when I was having a particularly hard time with someone.
I messaged our minister's wife for advice and prayer on the matter to which she replied with Romans 12:18
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
My first thought was, "Sure! I can PEACE this person right on out of my life! Good riddance!
But then I re-read the passage, it says to LIVE at peace with everyone, if it is possible. I began rethinking how I can better LIVE at peace with others, myself, my family and have decided to truly focus on this for my personal goal this year.
What does living at Peace mean for me?
It means that I will work to accept that which I cannot change, it does not mean that I will not continue to improve.
It means that I will accept the decision of others who choose not to remain friends, it does not mean I will love them any less.
It means that I will work to choose a gentle loving tone even in discipline with my children, it does not mean that they get to rule the roost.
It means that I will carefully consider my commitments so as to not overload myself, it does not mean that I will not fulfill that which I have already committed to.
Most importantly for me right now it means that I will work to faithfully attend to friends and family's needs, but it does not mean that I will constantly jump up to be the "saving grace" in all their problems.

It will be a lot of work, but as always I hope that it teaches me to be a better person, mother, wife, and friend.

So do you have any resolutions, words, or things you would like to learn in 2012?
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